Originally Posted by solipsism
1) Mixing home theater usage with PC usage is not a valid argument
I did not think I was. I am pointing out three separate usages.
1) Burning home movies to distribute to family
3) Burning backup data (in my case native AVCHD files - which I don't want to overwrite)
2) Stating the previous poster had his BRD costs wrong for the home theater usage (I have a blu-ray player for this)
For point one...try buying a consumer camcorder that does not use tapes, is HD and avoids AVCHD. With iMovie and FCE you can't edit in the native format. Even Windows 7 Movie maker can!
2) You're not including the price of the player for Blu-ray, which makes cost per GB considerably higher for data storage. You're also not considering non-rewritable discs, slow read and speeds and the power usage, which all effect the rationale for including a BRD in a Mac notebook.
Agreed. I did not specify MBP's (did I?). Also - it takes power (albeit less) to use and burn to the SuperDrive. Still consuming! That's why I would never burn without being "plugged in".
3) On top of that, you haven't shown us a 9.5mm ultra-slim slot-loading drive for sale or any stats that show that people are buying and using BRDS in notebooks. For homes theater it's a great tech, but for notebooks it's far from being ideal.
Again...I did not mention notebooks. I'd like to see a decent Apple external drive that has Blu-ray and remove the SuperDrive altogether. The point is: Apple do not support Blu-ray in any shape or form. I think they should. Oh...and if they wanted too...they could design it. That's like saying (a few years back)...nobody can make a laptop high performing with a long battery life...under 1" thick!
What is your argument for not putting a BRD in a Mac Pro or an iMac? Could I not watch a Blu-ray movie on a 27" iMac? You realize this is as big as some folks T.V.'s, with better resolution?
It's fine to bash things, but to bash and not offer an alternative solution (to today's problems) is making Apple fall behind IMHO.
I simply don't believe that EVERY manufacturer of technology (Sony, Panasonic, Canon, Sanyo, Samsung, Pioneer, Denon, Onkyo, Dell...the list goes on), can be wrong about Blu-ray and HDMI.